Stephen Joseph Polizzi, 54, of Basehor, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. He was born Nov. 8, 1959, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Nancy (Roffe) Polizzi. Steve was a loving husband to his wife of 27 years and a caring father and grandpa. Steve is survived by his wife, Hellen; two daughters, Amber Downing and Kristen Polizzi; son-in-law, Victor Downing; grandson, Trey Downing; parents; sister, Laura (Tim) Anderson; and two brothers, Dave (Linda) Polizzi and Matt (Shannon) Polizzi. Steve was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents. Steve retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 24 years in the U.S. Army. He was a proud graduate of the Ohio State University…GO Buckeyes! Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home in Leavenworth, Kan. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. There will be a reception after the burial. All services are open to friends and family. Memorial contributions in Steve's name can be made to the Rock of Ages Church in Leavenworth.